Rainforest breathes a sigh of relief: Climate change denier Bolsonaro voted out
The Amazon rainforest is considered the lungs of our planet. Accordingly, in the past four years, the world looked with concern at Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro, by dismantling environmental protection measures, ensured that deforestation and slash-and-burn increased massively. In addition, there were repeatedly serious human rights violations against environmentalists and indigenous Brazilians. during the term of office.
Bolsonaro’s successor, Lula da Silva (77) of the Workers’ Party, has announced that he will once again prioritize environmental and climate protection. In Lula’s first term from 2003 to 2011, the deforestation of the rainforest could almost be stopped.
Plastic manufacturers to pay for single-use waste in public places in future
In the fight against single-use products and the associated littering of cities, landscapes and water bodies, the German cabinet has approved a draft of a single-use plastics fund law. It is the final building block in the implementation of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive. The aim of the EU directive is to limit the careless throwing away of waste into the environment and to use plastic more sustainably as a resource.
In particular, this concerns to-go food containers and beverage cups, bag and film packaging, lightweight carrier bags, wet wipes, balloons, and cigarette filters. With the draft law, the manufacturers of these single-use plastic products will be held jointly responsible in accordance with the polluter-pays principle. They are to cover the necessary costs of waste management measures, cleaning of public spaces and awareness-raising activities. The government expects about 450 million euros annually for the fund to be established, which is to help cities and municipalities in waste disposal.
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